BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – As local leaders prepare for a slow re-opening of the state following Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement Thursday that some restrictions will be loosened on May 1, many Memorial Day activities across the Valley are being canceled.
Getting things back to normal it will be a slow process and large public gatherings will be the last to be permitted, DeWine said.
The Kiwanis Club of Boardman announced Thursday that the annual Memorial Day parade and service is canceled.
“Those we honor on Memorial Day served, are serving or gave the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. Today, we are all asked to serve our country by following one order that has been given to us to “Stay Home.” Although canceling our Parade and Service is a difficult decision, it is the right thing to do at this time.BOARDMAN KIWANIS MEMORIAL DAY PARADE COMMITTEE
The committee looks forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Memorial Day Parade and Service on Monday, May 31, 2021.
The Mercer Memorial Day 500 parade and events in Mercer County is also canceled this year.
Director Aaron Sines said it’s a decision the committee didn’t want to make but in addition to not knowing when they’d be able to receive the necessary permits, they thought it would be in the best interest of the health and well-being of the thousands of people who typically attend.
President Donald Trump laid his three-phase plan Thursday to re-open the nation’s economy. He said he could see a point where large public gatherings could take place at a later date with some social distancing accommodations.